Friday, July 31, 2009
Today's alley marker, A-3:
Our Mayor has officially resigned. See the MBJ article. The weeks of speculation up to this official point reminded me of the Wizard of Oz scene after the house fell on the witch and all the officials had to pronounce that she was in fact legally dead. I've taken some liberties to suit our situation here:
I welcome you most regally. But we've got to verify it legally, to see if he, is morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably gone.
I must aver, I thoroughly examined him. And he's not only merely gone, he's really most sincerely gone.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A New York Times article, published in October 1883, reported that this fire started at Cole & Co’s paint store which was on Monroe between Main and Second. While the fire was busily destroying Cole’s a breeze carried the flames to adjoining buildings. The article cites that the Greenlaw Opera House was on Second Street and its wooden frame succumbed entirely to the fire as did the Mozart Music Hall that was on the corner of Second and Monroe. Curiously, this marker is located behind Parking Can Be Fun parking garage in Barbaro Alley which is two blocks south of Second and Monroe. Now either the NYT didn’t get their facts straight or someone down here decided that marker should go in that spot anyway.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I mentioned earlier in the week that the South Main trolley tour is also this Friday. I keep missing the fire twirling/fire dancing/fire dervish/fire whatever girl and I hope I get to see her this week.
Pat Benatar and Blondie will be in concert this Saturday night at Mud Island Amphitheater, proving it's not over 'til it's over.
Continuing on with the CCC marker tour, today starts some exciting jaunts through the alleys of downtown. Some alleys are nice, like today's section of Center Lane, but others are not for the faint of heart, I can tell you. Alley marker #1:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tuesday is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew - 10% off all wine.
Monday, July 27, 2009
It is hard now to think of Court Square as being "pretty far out of town".
I am looking forward to the South Main Trolley Night this Friday 6 pm - 9 pm. Though scattered thunderstorms are predicted throughout the week, highs are staying in the mid-80s so it may end up being a nice night.
Each month on the Rock n Soul Museum's website they ask for you to submit an opinion on a topic for a chance to win some prizes. July's question is what is best album cover of all time and why. The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and KISS, "Rock and Roll Over" are two getting some votes. The qualifier "of all time" makes this harder than you think. There are too many for me to narrow down to one. Some I would say make the cut because they have become indelible images like The Beatles "Abbey Road" or the Doors "Best of the Doors". Some would be just because of the art or striking photography like The Roots "Things Fall Apart".
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The peaches with toasted almonds (plain, whole almonds toasted in the oven for about 8 minutes on 400), rosemary, balsamic vinegar and honey all tossed together and warmed up for a few minutes in a saucepan. I ate them just like this but it would be great over vanilla ice cream, pound cake or biscotti.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The John Gaston Hospital history from the Med's website :
Mrs. Theresa Gaston Mann, who would be the hospital’s most significant benefactor to date, passed away, leaving more than $300,000 to the Memphis City Hospital in addition to the Gaston home and furnishings. Her contribution was made in memory of her former husband, John Gaston.
With the Gaston inheritance, $300,000 from the city, $100,000 from the county, and a grant from the Public Works Administration, the Memphis City Hospital generated $800,000. These funds were used to build the new John Gaston Hospital which was dedicated in June of 1936.
The hospital was officially renamed the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, or THE MED.
And in 1990 the old Gaston Hospital was demolished as the Med grew and expanded.
The Gaston mansion was on South Third and that property was converted around 1929 into Gaston Park which is still there today along with the Gaston Park Library and the Gaston Community Center.
Friday, July 24, 2009
There are a couple of new businesses on Main Street. Click Photography Studio opened in part of the old Gestures space and Peacock McCarty Travel opened on Main between Union and Gayoso.
Great job Indie Memphis! Movie Maker Magazine named the Indie Memphis Film Festival as one of the world's "25 Coolest Film Festivals." The Indie Memphis Film Festival is scheduled for October 8th - 15th.
Urban garden update:
Last month, the garden in the strip along Huling looked like this:
One month later its thriving and it now looks like this:
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Memphis Gas Station Sushi in Gourmet Magazine (really); Anthropologie (finally); Rooftop Parties; Markers 24 - 41
Ok, back downtown, the Peabody will have its last Thursday night rooftop party of the season tonight with bands Cowboy Mouth and the Dempseys. The Madison Hotel Thursday night rooftop parties go on through September and tonight the band is the Billy Gibson Band.
Our marker tour has a few gaps. Apparently, the Center City Commission has not installed all of the markers due to the fact that all of the sidewalk improvements have not been completed. Therefore, markers 24 - 41 are not in place. Before getting to marker 42, I am posting some photos of the Sterick Building (future marker # 35) and the Winchester Building (future marker #36) and what their markers will say about them:
Sterick Building future marker #35: "At 29 stories, the Sterick Building was the tallest building in the South when completed in 1930. Gothic spires on the 13th and 29th floors had to be removed in 1949 because they attracted lightning."
The backside of the Sterick Building with the C&I Building in the foreground. Both buildings stand unoccupied though the Visible School has a contract to purchase the C&I Building.
Future marker #36, the Winchester Building: "The "N" and "H" on the north side of the Winchester Building stand for Napolean Hill, "the merchant prince of Memphis". His house stood across the street and he enjoyed admiring his own intials carved into his own building."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Mary Elizabeth; Hot Dogs on Twitter; Mojitos at Rumba Room; Casablanca and Itta Bena; Marker #23
Hound Dogs hot dog cart is Twittering. Follow him at http://twitter.com/mainsthounddogs to find out when he's set up, if he's got any specials and what he's got going on in general. He may start setting up on Saturdays.
The Rumba Room is having Mojito Madness tonight - 1/2 off mojitos from 6pm - 8pm and $5 appetizers all night.
The Orpheum is showing "The Way We Were" this Thursday night and "Casablanca" this Friday night. Take your movie ticket to Itta Bena or B.B. King's afterward for $3 selected martinis and 1/2 off an appetizer.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The downtown sidewalk marker tour continues with Marker #22:
Weekly reminder: Tuesday is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew - 10% off all wine
Monday, July 20, 2009
Today's Marker is #21 :